American Bridge Calls for Putnam’s Resignation In Light of Latest Scandal Involving Donors Who Poisoned Florida Workers With Pesticides

The Tampa Bay Times published a devastating new story on yet another scandal for former Republican primary frontrunner Adam Putnam. According to the Times, on multiple occasions Putnam’s Department of Agriculture looked the other way or gave slaps on the wrist to companies that donated to Putnam’s campaigns after they poisoned workers with pesticides. One of the poisoning instances was called “one of the worst pesticide exposure cases in more than a decade.” The pesticide came from a plane hired by Duda Farms, one of Putnam’s largest donors. According to the Times, a day after the poisoning, Duda wrote Putnam a check. Putnam’s office gave a small fine to the pilot, not the company that bankrolled Putnam’s campaigns.

“The culture of corruption coming from Putnam’s office is stunning and could have gotten people killed,” said American Bridge spokesperson Zach Hudson. “Workers were poisoned, but because the company that poisoned them bankrolled […]

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Both Florida GOP Candidates for Governor Have Problems Talking To/About Women

SHOT: TODAY:  Huffington Post: Ron DeSantis calls Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez ’this girl…Or Whatever She Is’
CHASER: LAST WEEK: Adam Putnam shouts down a woman, with a child in a wheelchair, asking about health coverage for preexisting conditions.

“Last week Adam Putnam shouted down a woman who was asking him about health care coverage for people with preexisting conditions, and now, Ron DeSantis is belittling a major party’s nominee for Congress as ‘that girl,’” said American Bridge spokesperson Zach Hudson. “From the misogynistic way they talk to women, to their mutual records of looking the other way on sexual harassment, to their opposition to paycheck fairness and a woman’s right to choose, Ron DeSantis and Adam Putnam have records that should alarm Florida women.”

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MEMO: STATE OF THE RACE: Summer of Scandal Sinks Adam Putnam

To: Interested Parties

From: American Bridge 21st Century

Date: 7/18/18

Subject: MEMO: STATE OF THE RACE: Summer of Scandal Sinks Adam Putnam

In May, American Bridge predicted that Fox News Contributor Ron DeSantis “looks like the new-frontrunner in the Republican primary” for Florida Governor. Two months later, that prediction has rung true.

Whether you believe DeSantis’s internal polling showing him ahead of former frontrunner Adam Putnam by 19 points, or other polling that gives DeSantis a more modest 6 point lead, it is undeniable that Putnam’s once massive lead for the Republican nomination has eroded.

If you look at Putnam’s news coverage this summer, it isn’t hard to understand why this happened. While DeSantis has seen his support among likely Republican primary voters surge following President Trump’s “re-endorsement” of his primary campaign, Putnam’s own self-inflicted wounds have left him exposed. Putnam has spent years planning his campaign for Governor. But while he was plotting the next steps of his political career, he wasn’t focused on the job he had. It seems a […]

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LATEST PUTNAM SCANDAL: Keeps Employees Who Sexually Harass Women on the Job

Another day, another scandal for Tallahassee insider Adam Putnam. Politico Florida broke the news today that Putnam’s office looked the other way and gave slaps on the wrists to numerous employees accused of sexual harassment and inappropriate behavior. Read the story here. Despite the allegations, Putnam kept the employees on the job. Two are still employed by his office, and another left for different reasons.

Unfortunately, this is only the latest in a series of scandals that have upended the Republican Primary for Florida Governor. Weeks ago, the Tampa Bay Times reported that Putnam’s office failed to perform FBI background checks on people applying for concealed carry permits because they forgot their login information. Then, two weeks ago, a roller coaster that had been inspected by Putnam’s employees only hours before crashed and sent nine people to the hospital.

“A week can’t go by without […]

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American Bridge: Adam Putnam Should Resign Over Background Checks Scandal

This afternoon, the Tampa Bay Times reported that “proud NRA sellout” Adam Putnam’s office neglected to perform background checks for concealed carry permits for over a year. According to the Times, this allowed thousands of applications to be approved without a background check being conducted, all because Putnam’s Administration couldn’t figure out how to log in to the FBI background checks database.

“Adam Putnam should resign immediately,” said American Bridge spokesperson Zach Hudson. “Not being able to log into the FBI background checks system should have resulted in Adam Putnam’s office calling an IT professional, not approving concealed carry permits to potential criminals. Dangerous criminals and people with severe mental illnesses may have been allowed to carry deadly weapons due to Adam Putnam’s negligence. If Adam Putnam refuses to do even the most basic functions of his current job like performing background checks on concealed carry permits, he should resign from […]

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Will Adam Putnam and Florida GOP Return Thousands of Dollars in Donations From Dog Shooter?

This morning, the Tampa Bay Times reported that special interest insider and “proud NRA sellout” Adam Putnam was holding a fundraiser hosted by Chris Comins, a man who was videotaped shooting dogs. Putnam’s response evolved in the hours after the story posted. First, his campaign responded by equating his receiving money from a dog shooter to his opponent receiving money from a registered Democrat (the horror). Then, Putnam’s campaign said the candidate himself was no longer attending the event. Minutes later, they announced that the fundraiser was being canceled all together. What was missing from Putnam’s numerous responses to a story that is only hours old? Putnam didn’t mention whether or not he was returning the contributions he has already received from the dog shooter. Putnam received $2700 just two months ago from Comins. The Republican Party of Florida has also received money from Comins.

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Putnam and DeSantis Should Demand Republican Party of Florida Uninvite D’Souza or Pull Out of Debate

The Republican Party of Florida announced this afternoon that Dinesh D’Souza will headline an event that will also feature a debate between the Republican candidates for Florida Governor. D’Souza is a right-wing extremist, convicted felon, and conspiracy theorist who mocked the survivors of the Parkland shooting earlier this year.

“Florida’s next Governor should stand with the victims of the Parkland shooting, not the bullies who taunted the survivors,” said American Bridge spokesperson Zach Hudson. “Dinesh D’Souza is a convicted felon who mocked kids who courageously advocated for safer schools. Adam Putnam and Ron DeSantis should demand the Republican Party of Florida uninvite D’Souza or pull out of the debate. Anything less is an endorsement of his disgusting comments.”

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American Bridge Launches “Problem Putnam” Campaign

American Bridge today released their initial campaign against Adam Putnam including a memo outlining initial research into Adam Putnam’s record and a website called ProblemPutnam.com.

In short, Putnam faces a lot of problems in 2018 – he’s failed to stand up to a historically unpopular Republican president, he’s cheered on the Republican Congress’s effort to steal healthcare from nearly a million Floridians, and his record in Washington and in Florida is as swampy as they come.  Adam Putnam’s priorities in public office have been clear: sweet deals for big business and his own bank accounts, while squarely ignoring the needs and concerns of Florida families.

American Bridge spokesperson Lizzy Price made the following statement:

“Adam Putnam is truly the problem child for Florida Republicans – he’s been cozying up to and making sweet deals on behalf of the lobbyists and donors that keep him in office for decades, all […]

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Adam Putnam Silent on Senate Tax Bill That Would Devastate Florida’s Schools and Farms

This week, the U.S. Senate is voting on a tax bill that would give tax breaks to the rich at the expense of the working class. The bill slashes student loan deductions, making it harder for low and middle-income students to get ahead. But it gets even worse.

The bill eliminates the state and local tax (SALT) deduction, the Senate bill could demolish public schools in Florida. New data shows that this bill puts over $907 million dollars in annual state revenue for public schools at risk. That totals up to $330 per student and risks the jobs of 6,508 teachers.

Rep. Ron DeSantis voted on the House version of the tax bill, which would take away the deduction for Floridians who have uninsured losses from natural disasters like Hurricanes – which have devastated homes, businesses, and orange groves. But what has Adam Putnam, Florida’s own Ag Commissioner […]

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